As August 21st nears, everyone is buzzing about the upcoming Solar Eclipse! As you probably heard, for the first time in 99 years, the moon and sun will align causing a phenomenon that can be seen from coast to coast across the U.S.
Here at the Kentucky Derby Museum, we are excited to offer our Solar Eclipse Viewing Tour. It runs from 1-3pm and includes a Behind the Scenes Tour as well as general admission AND approved-Solar Eclipse viewing glasses! We will time out the tour to lead into the infield of Churchill Downs Racetrack during the optimal eclipse viewing time in Louisville. It will be a once in a lifetime experience.
We are also excited to share with our visitors more about the Thoroughbred race horse, Eclipse. He was foaled in 1764 and was named for a solar eclipse that took place at that time. He had an impressive racing career, winning all 18 of his races. He then went on to become a very successful stallion, siring over 344 winners.
Eclipse is seen as the first great descendant of the Darley Arabian line. Over 90% of today’s Thoroughbreds trace back to him. Learn more about the horse named Eclipse and another Thoroughbred, American Eclipse, during our tour Monday, Aug. 21st!